A versatile musician and veteran performer in organizations such as the Louie Bellson Big Band (Chicago Based Band), Jimmy Dorsey, Mike Pendowski, Rob Parton , Buddy De Franco, Buselli-Wallrab and Terry Gibbs Bands, Rick Holland brings a wealth of experience and musicality to each performance.
Holland has now recorded 6 albums as a leader and co-leader with national and international labels. His most recent release,Trilby, was recorded in the Spring of 2010. The disc features the original arrangements of Bill Dobbins, Kerry Strayer and Brent Wallarab. This disk is available at a variety of Mp3 outlets including Cd Baby. In Times Shadow, recorded in 2006, featuring the Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, features the writing of Bill Dobbins (co-producer), Brent Wallarab, Jim Martin and Kerry Strayer. Rick released this album under the Blujazz label, one of the top Jazz independent labels in the world today. Other releases include, Positive Settings,(Cadence,2001) and (There Will Never Be Another You, Cadence,1999), featuring the Rick Holland Quartet. These albums were highly praised by periodicals such as the All Music Guide, Jazz Improv Magazine, Cadence Magazine and Detroit Jazz. Rick also has made two significant recordings with long-time playing partners Hendrik Meurkens, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,(Cadence, 2002) and with Kerry Strayer, ( Rhombus Records, Speak Low,2003). These albums were also praised by All Music Guide, All About Jazz and the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, JAM Magazine.
In 2005, Rick received his Doctoral degree in Classical performance from Michigan State University. He has been a Yamaha and Jupiter Performing artist,he is an active performer and clinician and has served on the music faculties of Western Michigan University and SUNY-Oswego.
Rick Holland’s flugelhorn improvisations flow with a seasoned musician’s imagination and a hard working trumpeter’s ability to play whatever comes to mind. His piquant touches to the top of the staff (or above) from wherever he happens to be in the improvised melodic line are a great example of where daily practice can take you. His sound is attractive, in fact the sonority he gets from the flugelhorn is an essential component of the group’s impact, and his love of Chet Baker’s melodic invention is completely internalized. Holland’s ability to improvise melodically from his imagination, as opposed to fitting memorized patterns of notes into the chord, is worth careful listening. That’s the way it’s done, folks . Lazaro Vega Radio Host Blue Lake Public Radio
And it is this individual musicianship, particularly with trumpeter Holland, along with the quality of the original compositions that makes In Time''s Shadow a treat. - Ollie Bivins—All About Jazz-LA
The broad repertoire his groups encompass and the care with which he deals with musical details are a welcome exception in this age of super specialization and an obsession with quick results at the expense of real quality. - Bill Dobbins, The Eastman School of Music